12/11/06

the Church of Blog


Hang around my church for long enough and you'll hear my pastor go off on a rant about bloggers threatening the Southern Baptist Convention. So you can imagine my interest when I saw this link in my gMail account saying "Who are Bloggers?" and coming from some place with "Pew" in the name. Obviously, not all bloggers are blogging about religion. I doubt even most of them are an actual threat to orthodox religion. But I wonder if SBC fanboys really know exactly how little a threat bloggers actually are.

Well, I clicked the link and it wasn't at all what I imagined. In stead, Pew Charitable Trusts turns out to be some sort of survey site dedicated to "Informing the public." There are probably people out there who have heard of this site for years and think I'm a moron for only having recently discovered it. Gimme a break, so I'm a n00b. Anyway, they did a survey of a random, national sample of bloggers and here are the results:
when asked to choose one main topic, 37 percent of bloggers cite “my life and experiences” as a primary topic of their blog. Politics and government ran a very distant second with 11 percent of bloggers citing those issues of public life as the main subject of their blog. Entertainment-related topics were the next most popular blog-type, with 7 percent of bloggers, followed by sports (6 percent), general news and current events (5 percent), business (5 percent), technology (4 percent), religion, spirituality or faith (2 percent), a specific hobby or a health problem or illness (each comprising 1 percent of bloggers).
Did you catch that? Two Percent of bloggers cover religious issues! That hardly seems like such a threat to me. This means that if anyone is looking for a blog to read they're more than likely not going to go for the 2% of religious bloggers; they're more likely going to go for the 37% of "life and experiences" bloggers. These bloggers who are a "threat to the SBC" are hardly anything to be worried about. I'm not saying whether they're right or wrong. The only blogger I've really read is Big Daddy Weave and I don't think one blog can represent the masses, therefore I have no experience in their righteousness. However, I know when a mountain is being made of a mole-hill. And this is one of them.

<StephenColbert>Watch out, reactionary SBC leaders! You're on notice!</StephenColbert>